Fathers Iggy O’Donovan, Noel Hession and Richard Goode invited Rev
Michael Graham, the rector of St Peter’s in Drogheda, to join them for
Brady is carrying out investigations. Because this involves a religious
order, the final outcome would be a matter for the Augustinians.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has exclusive powers
to deal with the concelebration of the mass with non-Catholic clergy.
After such an
event, the bishop has to carry out a preliminary investigation and then
report to the CDF. If the bishop decides the accused clergymen should
be dismissed from the priesthood, he may ask the CDF to “impose
dismissal by decree”.
source told the Business Post that, “Canon 1365 of the Code of Canon
Law prescribes a ‘just penalty’ for anyone guilty of prohibited
participation in such religious rites.” Several factors to be taken
into consideration include the gravity of the offence, its frequency,
the possible scandal caused and the impact on ecumenical dialogue.
highlights the importance and the delicacy of the Church’s apostolate
towards ecumenism and testifies that, if the Church is to remain
faithful to itself and to the ultimate success of the ecumenical
movement, it must remain faithful to its own teaching.”
Augustinian priests who concelebrated Easter Mass with a Church of
Ireland clergyman could be dismissed from the priesthood by the
Vatican, reported the Sunday Business Post.